Tenant Shares Everything Wrong With NYC Apartment Which Didn't Appear on the Listing

Renting in any major city is a minefield, as you fight off competition in order to pay above market rate for a shoebox.

But nowhere is as bad as New York City, where millions jostle for prime real estate, with decent apartments snapped up before they've even gone on the market.

Bidding wars and open houses aren't uncommon, and desperate renters often make offers on apartments they've never seen in person, going off photos and video tours instead.

While it might be tempting to secure a unit, one resident, who calls himself a "NYC rental pro," has revealed why you should always check somewhere out in person.

He shared a clip to his TikTok page, called RentNewYork, which is full of tips, landlord insights and listings of particular interest.

One video, shared last week and can be seen here, was titled: "Reasons not to rent this NYC apartment."

He walks through the one-bed, saying: "There are so many issues with this apartment. First off this bedroom cannot fit a bed, period. This light doesn't work. What in the world is going on with these floors, why are there three different floors. Kitchen is alright, this floor sags like five inches. Kind of hard to capture on video. Also whoever did these floors, they're discolored, they're not even, look at that corner there.

"And the train will make sure you can't sleep at night," he says, filming the train tracks directly outside the window.

He warned: "Never rent an apartment just by looking at the video, you'll miss too many things."

The expert captioned the clip, viewed more than 250,000 times: "Reasons not to rent. And it ain't cheap..." Revealing the pad was on the market for $3,500 a month.

The apartment divided opinion as some felt that it was reasonable for its location.

Jennifer Robinso677 quipped: "Welcome to your first NYC apartment! Get over it."

Another TikToker pointed out: "You say 'reasons not to rent' as if people have a choice"

"Most people don't want to rent but can't afford to buy," Rachel Kritz noted.

Although suggesting how the space could be improved, Elena wrote: "Make it a studio and the 'bedroom' a walk-in closet, and the train is white noise."

Luis Molina warned: "Sagging floors in a multi-level apartment building is concerning. That means the floor is already sinking into the apartment below."

Referencing New Yorkers, KC the Kpop legend said: "You act like people who live here want to actually live there.."

Clearly not a fan, Mrfinesse889 wrote: "This apartment gave me a headache."

Araomcov reckoned: "Actually the first issue is I can't afford it."

While Krizzisme added: "I am positive there's somebody in this world that would love to consider that a home."

The expert also shared an insight into the rental market, and how owners try and make a profit off of rent-controlled buildings, as he filmed an apartment in the Bronx for $1,400.

He revealed: "So when an apartment is well below market rate and it's rent stabilized so the landlord can't increase the rent at all, a landlord may try to rent it in truly awful condition. And expect the renter to make it livable."

While another trick of the trade is reconfiguring space to charge higher rent.

"Of course a one bedroom is better than a studio, no one's questioning that," he told viewers in another video. "The issue I have is when a landlord takes a small studio and then converts it into a one bedroom so it's actually a really small one bedroom.

"Either a really small bedroom or a really small living room, and then charges one bed pricing for an apartment that isn't really a true one bedroom. And people rent it because they have some nice amenities that people really really want."

And he reckons the market is bouncing back after the pandemic, saying: "Prices are on the rise in New York City. Two months ago I rented an identical apartment to this one, right on the floor below it for $1,800. This one's on the market for $2,000 a month."

He filmed the 300 square foot one bedroom apartment in central Harlem, saying "Exposed Brick. Brownstone. Dishwasher. Split-Unit Heat/AC."

Newsweek reached out to RentNewYork for comment.

File photo of a living room.
File photo of a living room. A New Yorker pointed out all the things wrong with an apartment, warning to never judge from a video tour alone. Studio Light and Shade/Getty Images